The summer of 2023 taught us numerous lessons as our wet spring turned to a droughty summer across Wisconsin. While well-timed rains boosted yields for row crops and alfalfa fields, the same can’t be said for many of the pastures across the state, especially those under continuously grazed management.
Many livestock producers found themselves sourcing and feeding hay and other alternative forages, while others began liquidating animals and reducing herd size to deal with feed shortages.Without looking back and learning from our challenges, we could easily fall into the same situation as extreme weather becomes our new normal. What can you do to help revitalize pastures and create grazing systems that are more resilient in the face of changing weather patterns? Read more about managed grazing here: https://www.farmprogress.com/pasture/manage-grazing-for-productivity-resiliency